Tough time for Tillman - Chris Tillman took the loss Sunday, pitching just two innings, in his shortest start of the year. His previous shortest start was 4 2/3 vs. Kansas City in his Major League debut July 29th.
Today he allowed six runs in the first inning and threw just 53 pitches in falling to 2-5, 5.40.
Tillman has allowed 10ER in seven innings over his last two starts. In five September starts, he is 1-3, 7.30.
The Orioles have lost ten games in a row. It adds on to their longest streak of the season. They are 0-6 on this ten-game road trip.
During the losing streak:
*O's out-scored 70-29
*O's team average is .244
*O's team ERA is 6.46.
Cleveland completed its first three-game sweep of the Orioles since August 19-21, 2005. They out-scored Baltimore 22-10 over the weekend.
The O's have been swept three straight ten times this year. Seven of the sweeps came vs. AL East opponents and seven came on the road.
O's pitching has allowed 64 runs over the last eight games.
More gopher balls - O's pitching allowed two homers on Sunday and they've now given up 205 on the year. The club record is 226 in 1987. The O's have allowed at least one homer in nine straight games, giving up 17 in that stretch.
The O's had just five hits in 31 at bats Sunday and only one Oriole even reached second base. They went 0 for 1 with runners in scoring position. They were shutout for the tenth time this year and 3rd time in the last 18 games.
Streaking stopped - Micheal Aubrey went 0 for 3, snapping his six-game batting streak. He was 9 for 23 during the streak.
Matt Wieters, batting .435 over his last 12 games, went 0 for 3 in the game. He is batting .359 over his past 21 games.
The O's fall to 9-16 on Sundays, 24-53 on the road, 17-20 vs. the AL Central, 6-17 in September and 60-95 on the year.
The O's must go at least 3-4 in the last week to avoid 100 losses.
Pitching Matchups - Tampa series:
Mon, 7:08p - Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.37) v. Jeff Niemann (12-6, 3.81)
Tues, 7:08p - Jeremy Guthrie (10-16, 5.10) v. Wade Davis (1-1, 4.07)
Wed, 7:08p - David Hernandez (4-9, 5.20) v. James Shields (10-12, 4.17)
Thurs, 7:08p - Jason Berken (5-12, 6.51) v. Matt Garza (8-11, 3.93)